Prescription Drugs

Arrest Data

The number of arrests made by the police is often viewed as a key measure of law enforcement's productivity and effectiveness in addressing crime. However, law enforcement practices and reporting of arrests can differ significantly from country to country. PSI collects information concerning arrests as one indicator of a government's commitment to addressing pharmaceutical crime. A small number of arrests may indicate that the government has not assigned a high priority to enforcement.

 

Through member and open-source reports, PSI found:

 

  • 2,937 persons were arrested for counterfeiting, illegally diverting, or stealing pharmaceuticals

 

  • The number of arrests increased fourteen percent (+14%) over that documented in CY 2020

 

  • On a percentage basis, the largest number of arrests were in the Asia Pacific region